COLUMBUS —Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R- Copley) offered testimony today before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Senate Bill 8, his legislation that would allow spouses of active duty military members to be eligible for unemployment compensation when their family is transferred to a new duty assignment. Currently, 44 other states and the District of Columbia provide similar benefits to military spouses.
“We should no longer force our military families to choose between splitting up or losing a large portion of the family income,” LaRose said. “Our state is home to a number of key military installations. The changes made by Senate Bill 8 are part of an ongoing effort to make Ohio a more military-friendly state. This is not just simply the right thing to do but will also help keep those key installations in Ohio.”
Senator LaRose also noted that the U.S. Department of Defense, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, the Ohio National Guard and a number of other veterans organizations support the changes made by Senate Bill 8. More information about Senate Bill 8 can be found here.
"I'm proud of the plan we developed last year to achieve a more balanced way of drawing state legislative lines, and I sincerely hope that this approach is approved by Ohio voters. There is no good reason not to extend its provisions to congressional districts as well. The work of redistricting is historically contentious and hyper-partisan, but it does not need to be. This legislation embodies the spirit of civility and compromise that voters want to see in their elected officials."
"This investment is an exciting opportunity to bring high-quality jobs to Wayne County," said LaRose. "This is a great example of the job growth we seek by ensuring that Ohio is a favorable place to do business. This investment will further add to J.M. Smucker Co.'s heritage as a great local business."
"As a father of three young children, I am proud to sponsor this legislation so that we can prevent the tragic stories we hear too often about deaths which occur when children and pets are left alone in hot vehicles," said LaRose. "This is a common sense measure that provides protection for good samaritans that forcibly enter a vehicle to save the life of a child or rescue a pet."